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Television: Hungry Heart Gets a New Meaning – Commentary on Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine

 

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Breaking News: The CW has announced today (2.16.10) that the hit series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins has been given an early renewal for a a 6th season. However the good news for fans and viewers of the show has been tempered by information coming out that series creator Eric Kripke is stepping down from his duties as show-runner on a day-to-day basis in season 6. Those duties will be turned over to executive producer Sera Gamble. Gamble has been with Supernatural since season 1, coming on board first as a writer than taking on executive producer duties as the seasons progressed. Kripke along with Robert Singer will both continue on with the series in their roles of Executive Producers and will still have a hand in the direction of the series. Word also has it that Kripke will also be using his time to work on a new project for Warner Brothers.

“Cupid, draw back you bow and let your arrow go straight to my lover’s heart for me.”

That’s a line from a very popular Valentine’s Day themed love song, but in Supernatural S.14 My Bloody Valentine (written by Ben Edlund and directed by Mike Rohl), it seems to have a very sinister and deadly consequence. Or does it? That’s what Sam (Jared Padalecki –who is getting married in two weeks to the lovely Genevieve Cortese aka Ruby 2.0) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are at first led to believe by the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) who is convince a Cupid (Lex Medlin, whom I have to say is one confident man) has gone rogue and is killing the lovers it first unites. Castiel tells them that a cupid is actually a lower level cherub and not incontinent. Nor, as we find out are they “little dudes with wings and a diaper”. The one in is this episode is a full grown, robust looking man with the gentle playfulness of an over eager puppy. It becomes apparent to both Winchesters and to Castiel that the whimsical cupid is not the one setting lovers up for the kill and they also quickly discover that it isn’t just hungry hearts that are dying, other people with other hungers are falling victim as well.

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Television: American Idol (Hollywood Week Pt 3) 02.16.10

It’s Hollywood Week Part 3 and tonight we learn who some of the Top 24 will be.  Typically, IDOL waits until Hollywood Week Part 4 to reveal the Top 24, but not this year.  We’ll learn part of the group tonight and part tomorrow night.  71 contestants will be culled down to 24.  The good news is they have a full band to back them on their last performance.  The bad news is that they will get no feedback from the judges until the end of the night when they will either see their dreams realized…or crushed.  Among them, 26-year-old new dad, MICHAEL LYNCHE (above) who media reports in January say was disqualified from the competition.  Is it true?

Hollywood Week Part 3 begins…. AFTER THE JUMP!

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A Closer Look at CW Early Renewals

Much to the relief of anxious fans who have been waiting nervously to hear the fate of their beloved shows, The CW has spared them a few extra gray hairs in the coming months by announcing early pickups for five of their series.  Returning to the schedule for the Fall 2010 season are four dramas: The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, and 90210, along with the long-running hit reality series America’s Next Top Model.

The renewals are not entirely a surprise, as industry experts have correctly predicted these outcomes for a while now based on series performance and actors’ contracts.  The CW has also gained extra brownie points and cemented viewer loyalty even further by being generous in their early announcements and sparing their viewers the agony of having to wait until the “May upfronts” where such announcements are usually made by all networks, in addition to revealing the new shows to debut in their Fall line-ups.   As our previous post stated, curiously missing from the renewal list at this time is Smallville.

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TELEVISION: The CW Renews Five – No Word on Smallville!

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The CW [We’re number five, we have to try way harder!] has announced its first renewals for next season: breakout cult hit The Vampire Diaries, Josh Schwartz’s Gossip Girl, the soapy soap 90210, horror drama "Supernatural" and the network’s top reality show "America’s Next Top Model."

It remains to be seen if the network will extend the same good fortune to the lame soap Melrose Place, the over-the-hill One Tree Hill, the net’s best new series Life Unexpected or the reliable comics-based Smallville – though I wouldn’t bet against Smallville getting a tenth season.

Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine

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Once upon a time, in mining town in Pennsylvania called Harmony, there was this handsome but totally deranged young man named Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) who took on the personality of Harry Warden a dead miner who used to kill people with a pick axe. Hanniger unable to control his split personality, began taking up where Warden left off and..oh wait wrong My Bloody Valentine!

This one is  the newest episode of season five of the hit CW Network series, Supernatural. While this aptly titled 14th episode of Supernatural, which is being aired in February (and you gotta love this show’s sense of the absurd to connect these things together) might not be featured in the latest 3D technology, we still get to see Jensen Ackles..and Jared Padalecki too.

In Supernatural S5.14, My Bloody Valentine (directed by Mike Rohl and written by Ben Edlund), Castiel (Misha Collins) helps Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) hunt down Cupid (guest star Lex Medlin) on Valentine’s Day after townspeople start to kill each other for love. However, after Cupid tells them he’s innocent, they discover Famine (guest star James Otis), one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has arrived in town. 

Hmmm, wonder if he is as good looking as the deranged killer, Tom Hanniger? Let’s take a look at the sneak peeks provided by Warner Brother and see if we get to find that out.

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TELEVISION: Hawaii Five-O Gets Its Garrett!

In a matter of a couple of days, CBS’s Hawaii Five-O reboot has cast two of its biggest roles.

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Yesterday it was announced that Lost’s Jin, Daniel Dae Kim had been cast as Detective Chin Ho Kelly and today, former Moonlight star Alex O’Loughlin was confirmed to star as Steve Garrett – following the trail blazed by the late Jack Lord in the sixties and seventies – the head of the Hawaii State Police.

The 5-0 reboot was created by the ubiquitous writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci [Fringe] and Peter Lenkov [CSI: NY] and is O’Loughlin’s third CBS headliner following cult favorite Moonlight and the atrocious Three Rivers.

TELEVISION: American Idol (Hollywood Week Part 2) 02.10.10

 

IT’S GROUP DAY!!!  This is where the real drama of Idol begins.  The singers must form groups, of their own choosing (including a name), and then perform for the judges.  Pick the wrong people for your group and you could be going home.  This is where I would include some dramatic life changing sound effect, but since this is print, pretend.

This recap will be a little different than the others because the show bounces back and forth between the contestants so quickly that many times, names aren’t used.  So bear with me as we move forward with Hollywood Week!

MORE AFTER THE BREAK.  SPOILER ALERT, if you are on the West Coast.

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TELEVISION: Americal Idol Hollywood Week 02.09.10

*****SPOILER ALERT****  If you live on the West Coast, don’t read this.  For those of you on the East Coast, YES!  YES!  YES!  These are the Idol episodes we have been waiting for.  It’s Hollywood Week where we separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the queens from the, well, queens.  It’s also the debut of new Idol judge ELLEN DEGENERES.  Yay, Ellen!

Enough chit chat.  Let’s get down to business.

100,000 people auditioned.  181 got that elusive Golden Ticket to Hollywood.  In one week, that number will drop to 12 guys and 12 girls, so one heck of a cut is coming and that means a whole lot of drama in between.  I’m literally salivating as I type this.  I’m so excited.

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TELEVISION: Neil Gaiman Confirmed For Doctor Who Episode!

The name Neil Gaiman is synonymous with great storytelling – from his iconic Sandman comics to children’s tales with an edge [Coraline] and expansive fantasy worlds like those of American Gods and Anansi Boys. Now SFX Weekly is reporting that he has confirmed that an episode of Doctor Who will be only his third television credit [he wrote Day of the Dead for Babylon 5 and co-wrote the BBC mini-series, Neverwhere].

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Gaiman’s Doctor Who ep will appear in Matt Smith’s second season as The Doctor. On the subject of his Whovian script, Gaiman said, “As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.

Countdown. You’ve got about 14 months.”

Television: Michael Shanks Flies into Smallville for Absolute Justice

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Actor Michael Shanks is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the hit Syfy Channel series Stargate SG1, which ended it’s successful ten year run back in 2006. Shanks also reprised this role in two made for DVD Stargate SG1 movies and in guest-starring appearances in the two spin off series, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Of course this talented and versatile actor has spent time in other roles as well since becoming a fan favorite on Stargate SG1 (so popular in fact that many loyal fans participated in a campaign to bring him back to SG1 after the actor departed the series at the end of season five). Shanks has appeared in guest starring roles on several top rated television series such as 24, CSI: Miami and a very popular recurring guest appearance on Burn Notice as the rogue agent, Victor.

Now Michael Shanks steps into the realm of the superhero as he dons winged armor to become The Hawkman in the upcoming Smallville telemovie, Absolute Justice.

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